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The Villa | [Nora Roberts]

The Villa

Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. As a savvy businesswoman, she knows she must be prepared for anything...but she isn't prepared for Tyler MacMillan.
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Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. For three generations, the Giambelli wines have been renowned for their quality - from Napa Valley to Italy, and throughout the world. The pride of the Giambelli family and a top PR executive, Sophia loves her job - and excels at it.

But things are about to change at Villa Giambelli. Tereza, the matriarch, has announced a merger with the MacMillan family's winery - and Sophia will be assuming a new role.

As a savvy businesswoman, she knows she must be prepared for anything...but she isn't prepared for Tyler MacMillan. They've been ordered to work together very closely, to facilitate the merger. Sophia must teach Tyler the finer points of marketing - and Ty, in turn, shows her how to get down and dirty, to use the sun, rain, and earth to coax the sweetest grapes from the vineyard.

As they toil together, both in and out of the fields, Sophia is torn between a powerful attraction and a professional rivalry. At the end of the season, the course of the company's future - and the legacy of the villa - may take an entirely new direction. And when acts of sabotage threaten both the family business and the family itself, Sophia's quest will be not only for dominance, but also for survival.

©2004 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 02-24-13
    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 02-24-13 Member Since 2010

    Audio-fiction ADDICT !

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    "Loved it!"

    I loved this book ! Kinda reminded me of my favorite show " Falcon Crest" . NRA Roberts is such a good writer in creating a whole story with different characters and angles that work perfectly transferring you to a different world. So so so good and the narrator choice was perfect for this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Claire California 02-01-13
    Claire California 02-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Nora is always a good bet!"
    What did you love best about The Villa?

    Greatly appreciate the varied locations and detailed of the storyline. Characters strong and believable. A story that could happen. Nora Roberts proves she can come up with something new.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sophie. Strong, indepedant, but human.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when teens acted and talked like true teens. You know Nora has been around teens herself. Real, yet still funny.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 10-09-11
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 10-09-11 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Enjoyed"

    I am a NR fan. This was a complicated plot. I had some problems figuring out the characters but that is just a problem of "listening". Intriquing plot from my perspective. I loved everything about this book. This is a great vacation read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susana C Lisbon, Portugal 06-29-14
    Susana C Lisbon, Portugal 06-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story with irritating performance"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved this story and the characters! It has mistery, murder, business and romance.
    What I didn't like at all was the performance. The voice of the narrator is always very pleasant and ladylike and the only character that I could imagine speaking like that all the time was Pilar. For all other characters it didn't seem to correspond to my imagine of them, so it was a bit irritating and took the fun out of some parts of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 05-09-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "It’s hard to like a story"

    when I am irritated at the audiobook narrator.

    The story would be better if reading the physical book. Don’t do the audiobook. The narrator Laurel Merlington ruins it. She didn’t give any warmth to the characters. It was as if they were giving orders all the time. Tyler was not sexy. I was tired of listening and just wanted it to be over. Aside from the narrator, the characters, events, and how things resolved were not as good as they could have been.

    ABOUT THE NARRATOR Laurel Merlington:
    I kept thinking of Dracula’s accent in a B-Movie. The family name was Giambelli. Most of the time the narrator would draw it out like Geeum-bellllllllll’-ee. That might be ok if an Italian person were speaking, but the narrator would say it during 3rd person narration and when U.S. born characters were speaking. A U.S. born teenager would not say it like that. The same happened with the name Theresa. Too many U.S. characters said the name as if they were Italian like Ta-rrrrrraaaayt’-za (rolling the r). It didn’t always fit.

    I did not like the Bela Lugosi style accent the narrator used for ethnic Italians.

    My favorite narrator Frank Muller read with a sense of wonder. This narrator did not. Sophia came off angry, cold, and brittle -- no vulnerability. She was not fun to watch. Theresa had no warmth. All her lines were demanding, ordering. In one scene Tyler’s “legs were stretched out, his voice lazy” but the narrator used an abrupt voice for him. And she never made Tyler sound sexy. When Tyler was saying things to Sophia like “I love you” it did not sound like he desired her.

    I LIKED:
    the relationship between Pilar and David and the parts with his teenagers – secondary stories.

    Genre: contemporary mystery romance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Vienna, WV, United States 11-18-13
    Becky Vienna, WV, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I need wine"
    If you could sum up The Villa in three words, what would they be?

    Loved the story. Explained terms for us that don't make wine. I want to he in a itlatian family. They care and yake of their own thru thick and thin


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol D. Florida 11-04-13
    Carol D. Florida 11-04-13 Member Since 2007

    Audible is my "can't live without". I enjoy the other readers recommendations. Keep them coming!

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    "Very disappointing and confusing."

    This book read more like a soap opera. It was also confusing and rather dull. the narrator used the same voice for all the men and they all sounded angry. I do not recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DK COLCHESTER, VT, United States 09-11-13
    DK COLCHESTER, VT, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2012

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

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    "Steady Going Nora Roberts -Long But Worth It"
    Where does The Villa rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've reviewed over 200 books (not sure how many I've read) so it's hard to say - middle headed toward the top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyler & his grandfather-fantastic, strong men.


    What does Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was a great performer.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. For three generations, the Giambelli wines have been renowned for their quality - from Napa Valley to Italy, and throughout the world. The pride of the Giambelli family and a top PR executive, Sophia loves her job - and excels at it.

    But things are about to change at Villa Giambelli. Tereza, the matriarch, has announced a merger with the MacMillan family's winery - and Sophia will be assuming a new role.

    As a savvy businesswoman, she knows she must be prepared for anything...but she isn't prepared for Tyler MacMillan. They've been ordered to work together very closely, to facilitate the merger. Sophia must teach Tyler the finer points of marketing - and Ty, in turn, shows her how to get down and dirty, to use the sun, rain, and earth to coax the sweetest grapes from the vineyard.

    As they toil together, both in and out of the fields, Sophia is torn between a powerful attraction and a professional rivalry. At the end of the season, the course of the company's future - and the legacy of the villa - may take an entirely new direction. And when acts of sabotage threaten both the family business and the family itself, Sophia's quest will be not only for dominance, but also for survival.


    Any additional comments?

    I've noticed NR likes to show off her research and a lot of the time it can get tedious but that was not the case here. I could care less about wine but the detail did not distract or bore me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lady M Peoria, AZ, United States 08-16-13
    Lady M Peoria, AZ, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!"


    "The Villa" is funny, romantic and suspenseful enough to keep you up all night. I can't believe I listen to 16 hours straight through, but I was so engrossed in the the story I couldn't stop listening to it--this is one story you don't want to miss a word of.

    There's a large cast of interesting people, and Laural Merlington gives a great performance creating mental pictures of the grand Giambelli family and their merger with MacMillan wines....about their Italian and Californian vineyards, with even a little wine-making instructions thrown in.

    "The Villa" is entertainment at it's best, and I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 08-07-13
    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.

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    "Absolutely LOVED It!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes definitely and I already have.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Villa?

    There were so many good ones that it is hard to just pick one!


    Which character – as performed by Laural Merlington – was your favorite?

    La Senora and Pelar and well all of them. She had a great accent and you always knew who was talking becaus she was that good at changing her voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was just an overall good story with great love stories, a great family story, and a great mystery with good twists and turns.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen, you won't be dissappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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